Work up a sweat with creative classes at the spa

During vacation, we tend to eat, drink and party more than usual. Our excuse every time is, “Hey, we’re on vacation!”

Typically, working out during a trip is the last thing on our minds. But exercising during your time in Vegas might be something you want to keep on your itinerary.  

“It is very important to work out even during vacation,” said Swami Ramanada, Qua Baths & Spa’s yoga teacher at Caesars Palace. “Many travelers experience a dramatic change in diet while on vacation. Exercise is necessary to keep your body fit and energized.”

While spas and exercising sound like they don’t go together, a lot of spas on the Strip offer both relaxing treatments and workout classes. Think overall wellness and health for your mind, body and soul. Also, this is a great way to fight jet lag and fatigue from traveling. So make room in your suitcase for your workout gear and add one-of-a-kind fitness opportunities to the fun.

Just Dance


"Dancing with the Stars" and "So You Think You Can Dance" choreographer Louis Van Amstel offers energetic dance classes at Venetian and Palazzo's Canyon Ranch SpaClub.

Today, dance is at its all-time popularity in the mainstream culture. From TV shows like FOX’s “So You Think You Can Dance,” ‘ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” and MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew” to Vegas’ own Cirque du Soleil productions and the popular “Jabbawockeez” show, dance is virtually everywhere. So why not freshen up your moves and take a dance class?

From August 25 – 28, Canyon Ranch SpaClub at Venetian welcomes Emmy-nominated choreographer Louis Van Amstel to host a “LaBlast Retreat.” LaBlast is a partner-free dance fitness program developed by Van Amstel. Sharing his choreography skills on “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance,” Van Amstel brings his high-energy workout sure to get the blood pumping.

Offered in levels from beginner to expert, each one-hour cardio dance class includes Cha Cha Cha, Disco, Jive, Lindy Hop, Meringue, Paso Doble, Quick Step, Salsa and Samba. Since music is a key component, genres range from pop to rock, hip-hop, country and disco. These all create an energetic, party-like atmosphere.

Classes are $40 each session. For further information and to make reservations for the LaBlast Retreat, call (877) 862-0583 or (702) 414-3610.

While you’re at Canyon Ranch SpaClub, you can also check out the facility’s 40-foot rock climbing wall.

If you want to keep the fun and spunkiness alive, the Jukari class at The Spa Bellagio  offers just that. Jukari, which means “to play,” is an awesome way to break a sweat and stretch while getting your groove on at the same time. Bellagio is the only hotel in Las Vegas featuring this new, innovative workout.

“Jukari Fit to Flex is a great preparation for all of life’s daily activities as well as all of those new movement challanges you’d like to take,” said Lyn Heward, director of creation for Cirque du Soleil on the Jukari fitness program. “We have movements with very defined technique with benefits like balance, core strength, rhythm and grace.”

Drawing inspiration from strong, controlled movements performed by Cirque du Soleil dancers, this cardio-infused program available at works to develop long, lean muscles and powerful core strength. You’ll work with an elastic resistance band and do everything from Latin-inspired and ribbon dancing-like moves, the “lasso whip” and much more.

“I was never crazy about group fitness before, but Jukaira made fitness fun again,” said Cirque du Soleil artist and Jukari Fit to Flex Creative Collaborator.

For more information about Jukari, click here.  

Yo Yoga


Get your stretch on in Vegas during National Yoga Month in September.

Upbeat dance moves may not be for everyone, but Vegas spas have something for everyone. This September, Qua Baths & Spa at Caesars Palace celebrates National Yoga Month in September. During National Yoga Month, Qua offers a complimentary dosha reading with each yoga class.

A traditional form of Eastern medicine, Ramanada establishes one’s dosha by determining their Ayurvedic pulse to suggest gentle, natural ways to achieve balance and promote better health. Readings are discussed in relation to the balance of certain elements of the body which include: Vata (air), Pitta (fire), and Kapha (water). Specific suggestions for balance include diet and nutrition, herbs and supplements, aromatherapy, gem and color therapy, yoga, meditation and more. 

Qua features its Rejuvenation Yoga class with guided mediation — a tranquil practice that seeks to eliminate stress and assist with balance between mind and body awareness. This class is available for $15 Mondays and Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. For more of an adrenaline boost, Qua also offers Dance Yoga, an interactive form of yogic choreography focusing on body alignment, elevating the heart rate and breathing techniques (available for $15 Tuesdays at 6 p.m.)

In addition, in honor of National Yoga month, the Rio Spa offers yoga classes five days a week throughout the month of September. Classes are offered Sunday through Thursday at 11 a.m. for $15 per class (or four classes for $40).

If you want to escape the hype from the Strip, outdoor yoga classes are available at The Spa Moulay at Loews Lake Las Vegas.

“Yoga teaches flexibility and reduces stress,” said Ramanada. “Yoga is known to provide many long-term health benefits [and] is also a great way to stay in shape.”

Make sure to choose a yoga class geared to your level.  

More motivating moves

For something completely different from the dancing and yoga classes, Sahra Spa & Hammam at Cosmopolitan offers boxing ring sessions at the spa’s west tower fitness facility. There are also tennis lessons available just outside the fitness facility in the west tower.

Once you leave Vegas, you won’t have to worry about working off all the extra calories — you already had your fun getting fit and toned during your vacation.


Most folks take their Vegas jackpot winnings back home, but my dad decided to stay here instead. That’s how I left Seattle almost 20 years ago. I moved from greenery and rainy days to hot summers, palm trees and desert. As much as I love my hometown, I decided to stick around Vegas. This city just has so much to offer. You don’t even have to be a gambler, bar hopper or an all-night partier. I love Vegas for its awesome vegan-friendly spots, concerts, swanky hotel suites and spas so big, they’re like castles. The pool scene is not too shabby either, which is why I love taking stay-cations. Besides living it up -- Vegas style -- I’m hanging out with my handsome hubby, adorable baby girl, two cats and super-fluffy Shih-Tzu. I’m also a huge fan of '90s music, shows and movies. You can find me on Google+ and Twitter.